Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

February 14, 2014

Thumbs Up

-- — THUMBS UP: To Georgia Christian School. This week, the school announced that President George W. Bush will be the 2014 keynote speaker for the annual benefit dinner. President Bush is the latest in a stellar line of GCS speakers which has included football great Terry Bradshaw, GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee, and former First Lady Laura Bush. GCS’s success has also influenced other regional groups to attempt similar fundraising efforts.

THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta Police Department's recent promotions of officers and staff. The VPD promoted Jo Ann Rofulowitz, Ben Brinson, Timothy Pickett, Tomas Chavarria, Robert Renfroe, Brian Wood, Christopher Crews, Scottie Johns, Gerald Watts, Heather Willis, Rosie Lake, Julie Mugrove. The promotions were made in a ceremony that included mates, children and parents, showing that the police force is not just a job but a family.

THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University junior baseball player Mike Reed who was named Gulf South Conference Player of the Week. In the 5-0 Blazers’ three-game sweep of the Paine College Lions, Reed hit .667 with two doubles, eight RBIs and seven runs scored. He also stole a base in his only attempt. Welcome back, VSU baseball.

THUMBS UP: To Freddie Broome. The Winston-Salem, N.C., assistant fire chief was named this week as Valdosta's first new fire chief in nearly 20 years. He will take the reins of the Valdosta Fire Department in March. Welcome to Valdosta, Chief Broome.

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What We Think
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  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

  • Too many pinwheels

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, with numerous volunteers assisting the Child Advocacy Center in placing pinwheels on the lawn of the Valdosta City Hall. Each pinwheel represents one child that was a victim of abuse in 2013. Volunteers placed 887 pinwheels in remembrance.

    April 8, 2014

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